Kiwi Salsa

Kiwi salsa with kiwifruit, pomegranate seeds, avocado, and jalapeño chiles. A bright fresh salsa, perfect to accompany Mexican dishes!

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups


  • 3-4 ripe kiwifruit, peeled, carefully chopped
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and chopped (see how to cut and peel an avocado)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon (adjust to taste) of chopped fresh or pickled jalapeño chili peppers (no seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Place the kiwifruit, pomegranate seeds, avocado, green onion and olive oil in a medium sized bowl. Starting with just a teaspoon of chopped jalapeño, gently fold in and add more to your desired level of heat. Add cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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  • jerak

    Just made this and it is absolutely fantastic! Never would have thought to put all these different ingredients together. Thanks for the recipe!

  • HereBeDragons

    Ah! I’m fighting envy for your predicament. I would love an abundance of kiwis! This is a completely unexpected recipe. Sounds fun.

  • Kate

    I made this tonight and it’s great. Only problem is that I added way too much jalapeno so it is very very spicy. Any advice on how to cool it down?

    Note from Elise: Yes, pick out as much of the jalapeno as you can, and add some more avocado. Avocado actually dissipates the chemical in the chili that makes it hot.

  • Marty

    Where can I get a male and female kiwi plant – I want to add it to my garden from hell.
    Love this recipe!

    Note from Elise: Check your local nursery for kiwi plants. They can probably order you some if they don’t have any in stock. Check also if your climate is appropriate to grow them.

  • Tom

    I saw this on your blog the other day and was looking for an excuse to try it out.
    Tonight was the night, as I had a nice fillet of salmon that a friend had caught and given to me.
    I picked up everything from the grocery store (except for the cilantro… I forgot it) and made the salsa while the salmon was cooking.
    What a FANTASTIC addition it turned out to be!
    It went absolutely wonderful (even without cilantro) with the fish.
    I’ll definitely have to try this one again!
    Thanks for such a terrific site with all these great recipes.

  • barbara

    Elise the red and green look stunning. How perfect for the Christmas lunch table. Thanks for the link. I’m just back from two months in Australia and haven’t been blogging. I’m looking forward to getting back to it. Don’t think I will be making any desserts or cakes though as I added a few kilos while away.

  • Lupita

    Just absolutely loved it. I added extra jalapeños. I love hot salsas. It made a great afternoon snack right out of the bowl with tortilla chips.

  • mycookinghut

    What an excellent combination!!

  • TsaraBe

    Using kiwis as tomatoes, that’s a brilliant idea! I wonder why we don’t come out with the ideas before whereas it seems so obvious!
    Btw your salsa looks great (great combination of tangy and sweetness…)as usual!

  • jennsquared

    That looks absolutely amazing and delicious!

    At least your crazy vine produce fruit!!! Ours does nothing and it wasn’t even that pretty! We finally cut it down to fence level… It was taking over our roof!!!

    Note from Elise: As a previous commenter noted, you need to have a male and a female vine, growing near each other, in order for pollination to occur and kiwifruit to be produced. But just imagine, now two vines taking over your roof!

  • tiny morsels

    I just happen to have all these ingredients in my kitchen right now, and would never have thought of putting them together. Can’t wait to try this one!

  • Mercedes

    That’s hilarious- there’s always a few plants that just grow and grow. In the Middle East kiwi juice is very popular. Since it takes a lot of kiwis to make the juice, you might want to try it (add a bit of lemon and a pinch of sugar). It’s a delicious snack, and I love the bright green flecked with black. Kiwi-banana smoothies are good too.

  • Ashley

    Wow what a salsa recipe. It looks great and has all of my favourite things in it! I’d love to have tons of kiwis.

  • Kalyn

    I love the sound of this!

  • meeso

    That salsa just has a great look to it! I’m sure it also tastes amazing!

  • jonathan

    At first glance, I think to myself…”There’s a lot going on there.”

    And then, I remember…”Aren’t you a little tired of pineapple salsas?”

    Lastly, I declare…”Why the heck not?”

  • Carmelo Lisciotto

    An interesting use of Kiwi, I never would have thought of that.

    Carmelo Lisciotto

  • Braden

    That looks really good! My wife and I are both big fans of pomegranate and kiwi so this dish will be enjoyed.

    Thanks for posting.

    Best —

  • Sarah

    That looks amazing! I love kiwifruit – my favotrite thing to do with them is very simple: I like to make a fruit salad with kiwis, strawberries and bananas. I eat this with yogurt and muesli or granola.

    For some reason, kiwis and strawberries just seem to go together. Similar textures, I suppose.

  • lydia

    What a great use of kiwi fruit! I remember traveling in New Zealand many years ago, and being able to buy kiwis for something like $2 for a five-pound bag. For this New England girl, that was an amazing treat.

  • Danielle

    That’s just gorgeous! I love how vivid the colors are – and since I love kiwi and pomegranate, I’m sure that it is as delicious as it looks.

  • Katie

    You have 2 vines. You have to have a male and a female to have fruit. They’re usually planted so close together you can hardly tell.
    We have 2 also, and I agree about the ‘from hell’ part. Incredibly prolific and we end up throwing tons out. We’ll be picking in a few weeks – I’ll use any recipe you can throw my way! Merci!